Toolbox Tips: Amnesty Launches Citizen Evidence Lab, #Selfies4School is Ending Child Marriage, #HumanRights in #Gaza & #Ferguson & More


Image: Courtesy of Breakthrough

Today, The Toolbox is highlighting instances of social good from around the world ranging from Amnesty International's Citizen Evidence Lab for human rights researchers to a back to school campaign using selfies to help end chid marriage. 

Tool of the Day: Citizen Evidence Lab

The Citizen Evidence Lab is a project launched by Amnesty International that compiles resources and authentication techniques to help support human rights defenders and researchers in their search for discerning what is real and fake in the world of citizen media. One tool, the Youtube Data Viewer, helps to quickly extract hidden data from Youtube videos, which is useful in tracking down the source of the original content. 

Selfies for good? Power Ten Young Girls to Go to School

What if your selfie could send 10 girls to school? Breakthrough, a nonprofit using the power of media to fight gender-based violence, has recently teamed up with the Vodaphone Foundation to launch the #Selfies4School campaign with the goal of keeping 25,000 girls in school and out of child marriage. To date, the campaign has helped 14,310 girls return to school safely this year. So before you log into Facebook today, upload and share your selfie here.

Documenting Human Rights Abuses in #Ferguson and #Gaza

As the war in Gaza and protests in Ferguson lose viral traction, WITNESS, an international organization, highlights the importance of safety and security when filming human rights abuses on the ground. An Activist's Guide to Archiving is a step by step guide showing activists how to most effectively use their video to bring about justice after filming. The Guide teaches activists and citizen journalists how to safeguard and preserve important contextual information in their videos so the video could be potentially used to bring justice in a court of law.

Upcoming Events

1.The Toolbox’s First Apptivist Meetup

Who: The Toolbox

What: Bringing apptivists and technologists together to discuss technology for social good.

When: Friday, September, 12, 2014,  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

2.The Social Good Summit

Who: Hosted by Mashable

What: A two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good.

When: September 21 - 22, 2014

Where: 92nd Street Y,  1395 Lexington Ave New York, NY

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